The Huffington Post Publishes Advice for First-Gen Families


Dr. James T. Minor, the deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Postsecondary Education, compiled advice for parents and families of first-generation college students preparing for their freshman year.

Five Things Families of First-Generation College Students Need to Know

Over the next few weeks more than three million first-year students will show up to well-manicured campuses all across the nation to begin their first semester as college students. It is a special time filled with excitement and random worries about the unknown for students and the families sending them off. Many of these students will be the first in their family to attend college. The success of these students is critically important to achieving President Obama’s goal of America having the highest proportion of citizens in the world with a post-secondary degree or credential. Numerically, this goal is impossible without significantly improving the percentage of low-income and first-generation students who not only enroll in college, but also persist long enough to earn a degree.

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